Whoopi Goldberg: comedy pioneer, deserving 1991 Oscar winner, and defender of pretty much any terrible thing you can think of.

Since taking over as the "View" moderator in 2007, Goldberg has become known for her questionable defenses of such luminaries as Roman Polanski, Chris Brown and -- most recently -- (sigh, alleged) serial rapist Bill Cosby, and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" has now handily compiled her 10 most surprising apologist moments into a clip montage. God love Whoopi for standing her ground -- even if most of the opinions collected here seem almost entirely viewed through the lens of her own celebrity -- but that Ray Rice defense, in particular? Pretty damning. Oh, and the one about torture too. That one's bad.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.